Summer Activities for Children with Additional Needs

This factsheet lists organisations that can provide you with help and support in community settings. The information is based on projects funded by Kirklees Council, and supported by Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group. Please make contact with the specific group before attending as some activities are booked on a first come, first served basis. This information was correct at time of going to print. Scroll down to see all activities:

Bumpy Ltd gives young people an opportunity to take part in passenger ‘pilot buggy’ and ‘quad’ rides around the 9 acre off-road venue which has both smooth and rough terrain. There is also an opportunity for solo quad riding for those who are able or motor cycle riding if the young person has balance and fine motor control skills. Alongside the provision, workshop skills are also offered, to see working parts, learning the names of components and experience the sensory touch and smell around engine parts. Sessions are charged at £3.50 per person and run weekly on Tuesdays, 09:30 – 15:30 between 26th July 2016 and 30th August 2016 at Howden Clough Industrial Estate, Leeds Road, Birstall, WF17 0JB. For information contact Carolyne Kenzitt on 01294 470432 or email

Huddersfield Support Group for Autism offer a play scheme for children aged 8-16 with autism over 2 weeks during the summer school break. Activities will include cooking (healthy lunchboxes), board games, arts and crafts ‘messy’ play, toys and games, sports and drama. There will also be a range of outings to places such as the cinema, ten pin bowling, Krazy Kids, the fairground and swimming. There is a charge of £5 per session and transport is also provided at an additional charge of £6. Sessions will be held Monday to Friday on 1 st August 2016 to 12th August 2016, 09:30 to 15:00 at Reinwood Junior School, Burfitts Road, Oakes, Huddersfield, HD3 4YL. For information contact Sophia Saleem on 07980286524 or email

Dial Wood Carriage Driving for the Disabled (Pony Picnic) offers Pony Picnic sessions to small groups of children with a disability over the summer holiday break. The children, accompanied by volunteers will take 3 ponies for a walk, have a picnic and return. One of the ponies is a miniature so is small enough to be led by a wheelchair user. Everyone will have an opportunity to lead their pony if they wish to do so but if not they will be able to enjoy the walk in the countryside and relax independently. The routes will be varied depending on the abilities of the children; this will be assessed via a preactivity telephone questionnaire. Sessions are charged at £5 per person and will be held on Saturdays between 23rd July 2016 and 3rd September 2016, 09:45 to 11:15 at Dial Wood Carriage Driving for the Disabled, New Hall Way, Flockton, WF4 4AX. For information contact Audrey Honeyman on 07905331917 or email

Globe Arts Education CIC will deliver a five day arts project celebrating ‘family life’. It is designed to accommodate the needs of young people with additional needs. Activities will be arts based including printmaking, construction, mould making and casting, mark making, drawing and discussion around the art and artists. A family visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park will also take place to experience the art first hand. The programme is split into five standalone sessions and will concentrate on 4 different artists. By attending all the sessions a child can achieve the Arts Award Discover or if they attend fewer sessions, they can top up the hours at a later stage through different creative activities. Sessions are charged at £10 per session or £40 for all 5 sessions. They will be held from the 8th August 2016 to 12th August 2016 (Monday to Friday) 10:00 – 12:30 (Wednesday is 12:30 – 15:00) at Globe Arts Studio, Stanley Mills, Britannia Road, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, HD3 4QS. For information contact Rebecca Sohotha. 01484 650793.

Streetbikes CIC will run a weekly cycling session at their base at Spenborough Running Track. This will be a drop-in session over a 6 hour period and will take place on Wednesdays over the full 6 weeks of the summer holidays. The sessions will be aimed at 8 to 19 year old children/young people with a disability, their families and carers using an array of adapted cycles and trikes. Attendees of the sessions will also receive a ‘John Radford cycling achievement medal’ which will be awarded for personal achievements and also potentially receive a free recycled bicycle. Sessions are charged at £4 per person and will be held on Wednesdays from 27th July 2016 to 31st August 2016, 09:30 – 15:30 at Spenborough Running Track, Bradford Road, Liversedge, WF15 6LW. For information contact Gill Greaves on 07734919956.

Sport Works North CIC will run a programme of sessions, with a focus on a range of group based activities. Examples of these will include: Athletics; Boccia; Cheerleading; Curling; Cricket; Dance; Football; Fundamental movement skills; Gymnastics; Mini fencing; Netball; Parachute games; Rock-it-ball and Ultimate Frisbee. Sessions will be aimed at children/young people with a disability. Sessions will run twice a week and over 5 weeks of the summer holiday. Morning sessions will be for 8-12 year olds and the afternoon sessions for 13-19 year olds. Sessions are charged at £5 per person and will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 27th July 2016 to 26th August 2016, 10:00 – 12:30 (8-12 year olds) and 12:30 – 15:00 (13 -19 year olds) at Colne Valley High School Sports Hall, Gillroyd Lane, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5SP. For information contact Simon Leonard on 01274 800547

Compass Bridge Ltd gives disabled children aged between 8 and 18 the opportunity to engage in various day activities, including climbing (indoors and outdoors), canoeing, horse riding, go-karting, bush craft, steam railway, farm visits, canal barge trip, countryside walks and woodwork projects. Transport is provided with pick-up points in Dewsbury and Huddersfield. Sessions are charged at £6 per person and will be held on Thursday and Friday from 28th July 2016 to 2nd September2016, 09:00 – 15:30 at Bridgefield Mill, Elland, HX5 0SG. For information contact Lorraine Roe on 01422 311299.

Total Sports is an activity club for children/young people with an autism spectrum condition and/or learning difficulties. Various activities are offered each week including: dance, martial arts, fencing, sports, gymnastics, archery and fencing. Other activities may also be on offer depending on the needs and interests of the group. The sessions will run from 11th August 2016 to 26th August 2016, Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 – 15:00 from Westmoor Community Centre, Church Lane, Dewsbury Moor, Dewsbury, WF13 4EW. Sessions are charged at £5 is charged. For more information contact Richard Szostak 01924 260953, email

Spark Skills Ltd offers a youth club programme aimed at young people aged 8 – 12 but particularly targeting those from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. The sessions are aimed at children/young people with a learning disability and/or autism in the Batley and Heckmondwike areas. Participants will learn new skills in preparing snacks and healthy meals, make new friends, participate in and lead a range of team based sports, organise quizzes and develop and inform the design of a mini Olympics family sports day. Sessions are charged at £3.50 per person and will be held on Saturdays from 27th July 2016 to 3rd September2016, 13:00 – 16:00 at The Learning Annex (Ex Batley Arts College), Providence Street, Batley, WF17 5QW For information contact Yasin Lorgat 07766077095


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